Good Morning,

• Last night, the Suffolk Legislature passed a bill to place a proposition on the November ballot that would restore money taken from the Suffolk County Drinking Water Protection Program and ensure that the program can never be changed in the future without a mandatory referendum for voter approval. 

• Campaign season has begun in earnest. Congressman Tim Bishop and his challenger, Lee Zeldin will debate their positions on current issues and answer questions from the audience at the Hampton Bays Civic Association on Monday, September 22, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Bays High School Auditorium, 88 East Argonne Road in Hampton Bays.

• In related news, Newsday is reporting today that Mr. Bishop’s attorney says a U.S. Justice Department probe of Mr. Bishop’s actions in relation to a constituent’s alligation that he asked for a campaign contribution after helping to facilitate a fireworks show has been dropped. The House Ethics Committee is still investigating the matter.

• Kim Schafer, a Broadway choreographer, will be leading a musical theater dance workshop at the North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. This free workshop is open to all ages. RSVP to Mary Motto Kalich at or 917.334.6639 to reserve a spot.

• Twenty films have been selected for this year’s Golden Starfish competition at the Hamptons International Film Festival, including the U.S. premieres of Melanie Laurent‘s Breathe, Gabriel Mascaro‘s August Winds, Tamara Erde‘s This is My Land, and the East Coast premieres of Peter Strickland‘s Duke of Burgundy and Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz‘s Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. Passes to the festival are on sale now. More information is online here.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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